Ryan Reynolds’ game show, titled Don’t, has been green lit by ABC. The TV game show format has been in need of a boost over the last few years, and although numerous classic shows have recently returned with updated looks and concepts, maintaining their popularity continues to be an uphill battle for some.
With such a great degree of programming currently available to the average TV viewer, it’s hardly surprising that the most memorable game shows are the ones that have proven themselves over time. Few game shows will ever reach the heights that the likes of Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune or even Family Feud have managed to attain and often, this degree of notoriety has as much to do with the hosts of those programs as with the game itself. A well-made game show with an endearing or comedic host is often the best chance a network has to find success, so when a star who possesses both those qualities sets to work at getting a new game show off the ground, there’s ample reason for audiences to give the program a chance.
In this case, Deadline is reporting that actor/comedian Ryan Reynolds is getting set to produce a brand new game show concept called Don’t. While Reynolds won’t be taking on hosting duties, he’s still very excited about this latest venture into the vast world of home entertainment. Speaking about Don’t during the game show’s announcement, Reynolds explained his troubled relationship with the word, while utilizing the sardonic humor that fans have come to expect (and love):
“All my life, the word ‘don’t’ has tortured me. From ‘don’t curse’ to ‘don’t play ball in the house’ to ‘don’t eat the crab salad you left in the sun for three days.’ I cannot wait for my personal trauma to become the next great ABC family show.”
The concept of Don’t is a pretty simple one: a family of four must take on five different challenges – some of which are mental and some of which are physical. The main characteristic that all these challenges share is that each one of them involves the rule “don’t” – “Don’t Laugh”, “Don’t Slip”, "Don’t Scream”, etc. Each challenge must be completed within a set amount of time in order to win a cash prize. Every challenge that isn’t completed during the allotted time limit will result in the elimination of a family member from the game, and each member will eventually be eliminated until there is only one remaining. When this occurs, the final family member must complete all of the challenges in order to win the prize money.
Judging by what we currently know about how Don’t is played, there doesn’t seem to be very much to it. It’s hard to imagine a game show such as this being around for the long haul, despite Ryan Reynolds being deeply involved with it. However, the game’s concept will likely be far more entertaining than it sounds, as the restrictions imposed upon participants could result in some decent laughs. Should the worse case scenario occur and Don’t doesn't perform the way Reynolds or ABC had hoped, Reynolds still gets full points for continuing to be the risk taker that he’s become known as.